Hopefully a light is growing brighter for you in some way.
It saddened my heart that we were not able to travel to Honduras this year, but Dr. Potter, the Medical Director, and all found creative tele-med solutions for the folks in Honduras and deserve much gratitude.
Here in Idaho, we are testing new hives this year and are exited to see how the bees do. We continue to learn a great deal about them, how to support them naturally, and low tech methods for processing honey. This year, learning how to successfully capture swarms of native bees, and how to raise queens.
We hope next year we can return to Honduras and move forward with the on the ground planning for this part of the overall project.
Thank you all again, for your kindness and support!
As we weather all the challenges in the US, we wish everyone wellbeing and hope. And, as the World faces the Pandemic, we send you all our thoughts and prayers and hope that we can all support each other in caring for our families and friends.
We have no specific project updates for Honduras hope other than our pilot bee keeping in the US has been quite the learning experience on a daily basis. The changes in the land that they create has been a glorious miracle. Flowering plants have increased in number and density. Other insects not seen before have populated the land, including a number of different species of Praying Mantis small and large, and Dragonflies. The organic garden was abundant. And more hummingbirds seemed to have visited the land as well. To our great surprise, Native bees of all sorts have also increased in abudance large and small, and live harmoniously with the Bees we introduced. We have seen Bumble bees the size of golfballs!
The benefits of bees cannot be overstated and we look forward to working closely with our friends in Honduras to create the Bee sanctuary along with the green New Hope Center.
We have had some very recent and new organizational changes - improvements! A new fundraiser has joined us, though her first focus is our Healing Heroes program - free care for disabled US Veterans. And, her Husband has joined us as well to improve our website and build a fundraising platform for us. We will share their information on the new website. We are so greatful for their volunteered time and energy!
We are grateful for the donations in supporting the New Hope Center for the people of La Villa de San Francisco. The New Hope board has confirmed that the land survey for the site can take place soon including water percolation testing. In the meantime, OWN continues to learn about natural bee keeping methods and the US based test site was able to taste the first batch of honey this early summer. Thank you to the bees.
We hope that next year (2021) we will all be able to travel safely to Honduras to continue this project and deliver the annual direct medical care. hope that next year (2021) we will all be able to travel safely to Honduras to continue this project and deliver the annual direct medical care. Next year's goal at the site and local area will be cataloguing indigenous medicinal and food plants.
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